The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)
 
 
 
 
 

Rapid improvement of nitric oxide bioavailability after lipid-lowering therapy with cerivastatin within two weeks.

OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether improvement of endothelial dysfunction in hypercholesterolemia can be achieved with short-term lipid-lowering therapy. BACKGROUND: Impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and acute coronary syndromes. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we studied 37 patients (52 +/- 11 yrs) with low density lipoprotein cholesterol > or = 160 mg/dl (196 +/- 44 mg/dl) randomly assigned to either cerivastatin (0.4 mg/d) or placebo. Endothelium-dependent vasodilation of the forearm vasculature was measured by plethysmography and intra-arterial infusion of acetylcholine (ACh 12, 48 microg/min) and endothelium-independent vasodilation by intra-arterial infusion of nitroprusside (3.2, 12.8 microg/min). RESULTS: Low density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased after two weeks of treatment (cerivastatin -33 +/- 4% vs. placebo + 2 +/- 4%, x +/- SEM, p < 0.001). Endothelium-dependent vasodilation improved after two weeks of therapy with cerivastatin compared with baseline (ACh 12 microg/min: + 22.3 +/- 5.2 vs. + 11.2 +/- 1.9 ml/min/100 ml, p < 0.01; ACh 48 microg/min: +31.2 +/- 6.3 vs. +19.1 +/- 3.1 ml/min/100 ml, p < 0.05). In contrast, changes in forearm blood flow to ACh were similar before and after therapy in the placebo group (ACh 12 microg/min: + 12.9 +/- 3.6 vs. + 9.0 +/- 1.9 ml/min/100 ml, NS; ACh 48 microg/min: +20.7 +/- 3.7 vs. 19.4 +/- 2.9 ml/min/100 ml, NS). Endothelium-dependent vasodilation improved in comparison with placebo (ACh 48 microg/min: +203 +/- 85% [cerivastatin] vs. -26 +/- 71% [placebo], p < 0.05). This improvement in endothelium-dependent vasodilation was no longer observed when the nitric oxide-synthase inhibitor N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine was coinfused (ACh 48 microg/min + N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine 4 micromol/min -48 +/- 85% [cerivastatin]). CONCLUSIONS: Short-term lipid-lowering therapy with cerivastatin can improve endothelial function and NO bioavailability after two weeks in patients with hypercholesterolemia.[1]

References

  1. Rapid improvement of nitric oxide bioavailability after lipid-lowering therapy with cerivastatin within two weeks. John, S., Delles, C., Jacobi, J., Schlaich, M.P., Schneider, M., Schmitz, G., Schmieder, R.E. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. (2001) [Pubmed]
 
WikiGenes - Universities